Celebrity Makeup Breakdown: Mika Nakashima as Nana

Finally saw Japanese manga-based movie Nana and needless to say, I really liked it. Although I was never into the punk look, I have to say Mika Nakashima looks *really* good in it. Everything about her just looks so awesome – her hair, her clothes and of course, her makeup! And since one of Nana’s major looks is smoky eyes (my favorite), I am going to write about it today.

Here’s a breakdown of the Nana look:

* Smoky eyes
* Light eyebrows
* Pale skin
* Red lips
* Red/Black nails

Step-by-step Tutorial On Getting Nana’s Makeup Look:

1. Do your foundation, concealer and powder as usual.

2. Lighten your eye brows by either using a lighter brow gel or simply applying translucent powder on top.

3. Dust an extra layer of loose powder under your eyes to catch any fall-out.

4. Start by coloring your entire eyelid with a black pencil eyeliner.

5. Apply a medium brown eyeshadow on your crease to increase depth. Blend downwards.

6. Apply a silver eyeshadow all over the eyelid, blending onto the crease.

7. Line your upper and lower lash lines with a black eyeliner. I suggest using a liquid liner for more intensity or MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack if you do not have a steady hand.

8. Curl your eyelashes and apply two to three coats of mascara. For a more dramatic look, apply false lashes.

9. Sweep off the excess loose powder under your eyes.

9. Skip blush.

10. Pucker up in a red lipstick if you have pale skin. Go with a nude color if you are on the dark side.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Wow, you are fantastic. I love your ideas, and overall this article is awesome. I followed your steps and i can honestly say that it was the best makeup job ever!
    thank again luv,

  2. I saw this breakdown a few days ago, and then googled Mika..and listened to a few of her songs (and REALLY REALLY loved them; she has such a great voice m.a.) ..and then..watched Nana..which is so great.

    Thank you for pointing this awesome celeb out to me :)

    And your breakdown. It works so well on me!

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